Stories have so much power and so does whoever controls the narrative. Each episode we will dissect and analyze these stories, their themes, and messages.
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Episode 55 - The Ailpein Bird, the Stolen Princess, and the Brave Knight (Scottish Fairytale)
This week’s fairy tale is a Scottish story about a collective effort of good people to save the princess instead of one person doing it all. This is a story of unexpected complications. Even the best laid plans laid by knights and wicked kings can sometimes go spectacularly wrong. There is a princess is abducted by a wicked king, someone gets the intel, someone whisks her away from the castle, and someone comes up with the plan to get her back. It was a group effort and in the end team work wins.
Episode 54 - My Lady Sea (Greek fairytale)
‘My Lady Sea’ is an ugly piece of folklore that pushes its female characters into an impossible position between a raging psychotic for a father and a bridegroom who uses tantrums to get whatever he wants. The father tries to control his daughters who in real are dolls and the prince pursues them for marriage. But in the need to control the dolls they both forget the dolls aren’t living. Both men are rewarded for their abysmal behavior. But let alone current real life, not even a character from ancient folklore should get away with something like that.
Episode 53 - The Stolen Bairn and the Sìdh (Mother’s Day Special Scottish Fairytale)
Mothers in the world of fairy tales are often considered to be an endangered species. This Mother’s Day special is a Scottish story of a mother’s determination, her courage, and endurance to reunite with her baby.
For mothers it isn’t easy to have adventures of your own when there’s children to look after but what makes the mother in our story magnificent is how she rises to the occasion anyway. The young mother won her baby back from a whole court of fairies had the odds stacked against her in so many different ways. It’s worth looking for incredible mothers in stories; in searching, we find treasures.
Episode 52 - The Kingdom of Ocean
This Indian fairy tale begins when a ship encounters a storm at sea and promptly disintegrates. All hands on board are lost save for one young sailor, who meets a mermaid queen. He becomes her king and they are very happy together, but after some time they separate. This fairy tale is unusual in recognizing that some relationships can be impermanent without either party being evil. The narrative does not condemn the sailor, and more importantly, it does not condemn the mermaid.
Episode 51 - Chien-Nang (Chinese fairy tale)
This is a story of wronged lovers, a Chinese fairy tale taken from the 1974 reprint of Ruth Manning-Sanders’ A Book of Charms and Changelings. This is a story of Chien-Nang, who is torn between her father and the love of her life. She figures out a way to be with both but will we find out who is real and who is the changeling?
Episode 50 - Mannikin Spanalong (German fairytale)
This is a German story of Mannikin Spanalong and although has elements of curse sorcery, overall it is pretty simple and straightforward which makes it all the more unique. It begins with a motivated young woman who sets off to find work and in process helps Mannikin Spanalong through his curse. She is rewarded in return. The reward however, is not marriage which is very rare to find in a fairy tale about a helpful woman and a cursed man. They both get to live their life their own way, and if they ever have their respective weddings this story doesn’t care.
Insightful yet trendy
I enjoy hearing a new tale each week, especially since I do not know many tales! Not only do I feel like I begin to break it down in similar ways as some of Vipul’s guests, but I also feel as if I’m with a group of friends exploring new ideas and ways of “dissecting” and analyzing! It’s always a treat! - Looking forward to next weeks! :)
Engaging podcast series
Vipul thoughtfully explores the undertone of old tales, keeping his audience captivated with that silky smooth voice!
Fun and thought provoking!
Really enjoyed this podcast! Every episode is a great listen. Vipul brings a fresh new perspective to old stories that were written using an even older mindset. Looking forward to more episodes!